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Have a question for our Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease gastroenterologist? We are here to answer some of your most popular questions.
The GI tract can be rather confusing sometimes. You may be dealing with stomach cramps or have trouble with heartburn. If so, you may end up coming up with a laundry list of questions for our GI doctor. Well, now we are here to provide you with some of the answers you’ve been looking for.
Q. Why should I see a gastroenterologist?
A. If you’ve talked to your family physician about some of the gastrointestinal issues you’ve been experiencing (e.g. heartburn; diarrhea; abdominal pain), then chances are good that your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist. You may also want to visit us if you have a family history of colon cancer or if you are over the age of 50 (to start getting routine colon cancer screenings).
Q. What problems can a gastroenterologist treat?
A. As you probably already know, a gastroenterologist is a medical professional who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions of the gastrointestinal system as well as digestive organs. This includes everything from the esophagus and stomach to the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Q. Should I get a colonoscopy from my gastroenterologist?
A. Any man or woman over the age of 50 should start getting routine colonoscopies. If results come back normal, then you may not need to come in for another colonoscopy for another 10 years. Of course, if you have a family history of colon cancer, if you are African American or you have other risk factors, then we may determine that you should come in more regularly and earlier for screenings.
Q. What are some ways to treat heartburn?
A. While some people may be able to remedy their heartburn by taking an over-the-counter medication, if these medications aren’t doing the trick then it’s time you turned to us for a prescription medication that could help reduce flare-ups. Of course, avoiding acidic or spicy foods and eating smaller portions can also help reduce your heartburn symptoms.
Q. How can I prevent colon cancer?
A. There are many easy lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health and reduce your chances of colon cancer including limiting alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Everyone, no matter their risk level, should be screened for colon cancer.
If you have any other questions that we didn’t address here, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give your Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease gastroenterologist in Bronx, NY a call. If you need to sit down and talk to us, we would be happy to schedule a consultation for you.
Hepatitis is a medical condition that causes liver inflammation in patients. It is often acquired or caused by drug use, certain medications, herbal toxins, alcohol or other health issues. A virus is often responsible for it. There are three common types of viral hepatitis including A, B & C. Hepatitis in Bronx, NY, can be examined by the professionals at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases.
More about Types of Hepatitis
Hepatitis A is the most contagious and can be spread from person to person. This form causes a mild infection and many individuals don’t even know they have it. It oftentimes goes away on its own without causing long-term organ damage to the liver itself but is usually contracted through food or water.
Next, Hepatitis B causes milder symptoms for a short period of time before it resolves itself. The infection can become chronic and lead to liver failure or even cancer. This form of hepatitis is spread through unprotected sex and contact with bodily fluids or blood. This type of hepatitis in Bronx should be treated immediately.
Hepatitis C generally is a virus that stays with a patient for the rest of their life. It can cause liver failure and cancer, just like B can. It is transmitted through blood such as through sharing needles.
While symptoms don’t always appear right away, some of the most common Hepatitis symptoms include:
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
- Low-grade fever
Sometimes years can pass before a patient experiences symptoms leading to their diagnosis.
In terms of treatment, hepatitis A almost always goes away on its own, however, both B and C require monitoring and treatment. This makes these types of hepatitis important to be treated by our professionals at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases. To schedule an important appointment with our team, call our Bronx, NY, office today.